Official: Voters May Not Get Chance to Decide on I-70 Toll Plan
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri voters may not get a say on a proposed plan to turn I-70 into a toll road across the state, according to the head of the state’s Department of Transportation.
According to MODOT director Kevin Keith in an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, private companies could fund the project themselves, then collect tolls to recoup their investment.
MODOT has outlined a plan to rebuild the interstate from I-470 in Independence to Wentzville, just outside of St. Louis. The project could cost up to $4 billion, and by some estimates it could cost drivers $25 to drive the distance should the toll plan be approved.
Several groups, including truckers, are opposed to the toll plan.